ODOT wants Portland drivers for road tax study

The state of Oregon is looking for volunteers to help figure out new ways to collect road taxes as more and more drivers go electric and use less gas.

The state currently has a first-in-the nation system, called OReGO, in which drivers elect to pay road taxes based on how many miles they drive, rather than through a gasoline tax levied at the pump.

Now the state wants to know whether the system can work within cities and counties to collect taxes for local roads and bridges.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is looking for volunteer drivers to collect data over the next three months. They can earn up to $450 by plugging a device into their vehicle, driving around the Portland area and answering questions.